The winter months are fast approaching. The days are getting shorter and the tasks to do seem to get longer. We’ve all got things going on and stress often gets the better of us.
Many people claim stress increases weight. While to a degree this is true, it is more to do with your response to said stress that is the determining factor of any weight gain.
We will all always have stress in our lives, no matter what you do. So you can’t eliminate it all.
However that which we do have, we can better manage with certain specific daily and weekly activities.
I’m going to share with you, my top three activities to reduce and better mange your stress which will in turn lead to an improved lifestyle and ultimately, health.
In no particular order, yoga is number one. Reading a good book. More specifically, an easy to read fiction book 30 minutes a night before bed for example. Lastly, meditation.
Simply staying in one place, closing ones eyes and focusing on nothing but deep breathing.
Try it and let nothing enter your mind. It is much harder than you think.
Now, I’m sure you already know that the above is what we all need to do, but are you doing them?
Remember this quote, “the best best time to relax is when you don’t have time for it”.
Make time and do it.
When doing so, think of this. Yes yoga is great, meditation is great but it is not what you are doing, it is the state of mind you are in.
By this I simply mean you can be meditating and thinking of all your stress and worries or you can be in a true state of relaxation thinking positive thoughts.
Both are meditating, only one is truly relieving stress and beneficial for your state of mind. When all is said and done, remember this.
Rest and recovery are just as important as what exercise you’re doing in and out of the gym.
I tell my clients this every day. I myself need to do this more often.
Writing this has been a wake up call and a reminder to strip back the layers and go back to the start.
I will be doing more of this in the coming weeks and months.